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Patch 5.2: Isle of Thunder Preview, Fansite Interviews with Blizzard
2013-03-04 à 11:15
Patch 5.2 is imminent and Blizzard just released a big preview of the questing zone you'll be spending a lot of time in Patch 5.2--
. It's not just another daily quest hub though, as it's a full-out server War Effort with interesting transmog drops, battle pets, single-player scenarios, and more!
Here's some of the interesting things you'll find in the zone:
Players can complete
PvE or PvP-themed dailies
After Stage 3, players unlock the
and Lightning Vein Mines, which allow Blacksmiths to craft vanity weapons for transmog and
A new world boss,
The island has
several tiers of rare spawns and summonable elites
for new ac
5.2 Guide: New Rare Spawns and Elites
2013-03-02 à 14:37
In the early Patch 5.2 beta, we covered new rare elites around Pandaria that dropped dinosaur mounts like
! Now that Patch 5.2 is imminent and we've tested out all phases of the Isle of Thunder, we're pleased to report that there are even more rare spawns and elites coming in 5.2! The Isle of Thunder has many rare spawns needed for
, which drop items that can be used to summon elites for
Last week, I teamed up with Wowmartiean of
's fame to take down these rare spawns. Here's the video he made of all their locations and abilities, with me dying from
at the end:
Also be sure to check out Wowhead user Lore's great guide to all the
rare spawns in Pandaria
. His guide includes strategies for taking down all of these elites, as well as maps.
Click the cut for the details!
Patch 5.2: Guide to Profession Changes
2013-03-01 à 11:53
Many professions are getting big changes and additions in Patch 5.2. In this guide, we've broken down all the major changes to all the professions, including new vanity items, reagents, and crafted gear.
has the most changes, but there's also a new "Fish of the Day" event, a new archaeology race, and many recipes covering ilvl 522 raid gear and ilvl 458 PvP armor.
We do have one sad announcement to make--
, an Engineering pet, is
not coming in 5.2
. Previously he was included in the PTR Pet Journal and PTR characters got level 25 rare versions of him.
A new race is added in 5.2--the Mantid. There are eight common solves and two rare solves (
Mantid digsites can pop up normally on the map, or
can help things along.
There are seventeen new achievements--
is the most notable.
are used for the new Mantid solves, and
are the keystones.
For full details, check out our 5.2 archa
Wowhead's Patch 5.2 Interview with Lead Game Designer Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas
2013-02-28 à 14:22
Patch 5.2 is right on the horizon, bringing with it a new raid full of exciting bosses and powerful epic loot! Yesterday I had the opportunity to interview Lead Encounter Developer Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas, who shared insights on
Trône du tonnerre
's design as well as on raid-related topics such as Item Upgrades and Thunderforged gear.
Topics covered include:
The decision to implement Ra-den, a limited-attempt heroic-only boss, in Throne of Thunder.
Thoughts on the staggered release of Tier 14 content.
Progression paths for raiders in 5.2 who have yet to complete Tier 14 content.
The multiple purposes behind Thunderforged items and how they can benefit 25-player raids.
Strengths, weaknesses, and possible modifications to the item upgrade system.
The purpose behind the new Feats of Strength (Ahead of the Curve, Cutting Edge) for killing Tier 14 bosses before 5.2's release.[
5.2 PTR: Build 16650 and Official Tier Previews, Oondasta Loot
2013-02-27 à 16:09
A new small build is coming soon to the PTR! We've got the few spell changes below.
We also now have a loot table for
. He drops ilvl 522 epics that are not obtainable from Throne of Thunder, in addition to
. They have amusing names like
for all the items!
Blizzard also released a visual preview of Tier 15 and Season 13 armor sets with gorgeous screenshots. If you're c
Official Patch 5.2 Trailer: The Thunder King
2013-02-27 à 11:16
Blizzard was kind enough to share the link to the 5.2 Official Trailer with fansites this afternoon!
“Legendary” on Gamebreaker
will also be doing a special episode today where they’ll be chatting with World of Warcraft lead quest designer Dave Kosak specifically about the trailer—he wrote the poem you’ll hear spoken by Lorewalker Cho in the video and plays a key role in Mists of Pandaria story development. Expect that interview to be released by the Gamebreaker crew sometime in the early afternoon!
5.2 PTR: Final Stage of Isle of Thunder, New World Bosses
2013-02-26 à 11:16
The final phase for
testing is now open on the PTR! Players can access the final single-player scenario involving the Alliance, Horde, and Shado-Pan, as well as unlocking the new world boss
, who drops the rare mount
. We've got loot tables and dungeon journals for the 5.2 world bosses below.
Final Phase: Unlocking
Upon starting this phase, you'll pick up
and speak to your faction leader to begin.
Your faction has broken into the courtyard of the
, and initially focuses on breaking down the door guarding Shan-Bu, while secretly itching to wage war on the other nearby faction. After defeating several Mogu guards, you leave your faction behind and help members of the Shado-Pan defeat
, who is flanked by Nalak.
He'll periodically cast
. Yalia is nearby to heal you and defeating Shan-Bu rewarded me with a
You don't have much time to rest though because the Alliance and the Horde are about to wage a war in the courtyard. While both sides hav
5.2 PTR Patch Notes -- Updated February 25th
2013-02-25 à 17:11
Blizzard updated their 5.2 PTR Patch Notes this evening. Of particular interest:
The area damage cap has been raised to 20 targets, up from 10.
Avenging Wrath now has a cooldown of 2 minutes for Retribution Paladins (was 3 minutes).
Several battle pets that were achievement rewards are no longer available in multiple breeds.
Thunderforged items are now described in the patch notes. Thunderforged items are 6 item levels higher than their Normal or Heroic counterparts and will drop more frequently in 25-player raids. Check out some of the datamined
ilvl 528 Normal Thunderforged items
added this past week.
Many profession changes were added:
: Details on
Mantid Archaeology solves
, new items allowing players to find digsites easier.
: Information on the
Blacksmithing leveling revamp
, new [url=
5.2 PTR - Build 16634 - Spell Changes and More
2013-02-25 à 13:15
Today's PTR build was a relatively small one--mostly class changes.
Check out all the latest additions!
The PTR is still up without disruption today, as raid testing is going on. Check out our post
if you want to preview all the new raid achievements!
Horridon - 25 Player Normal
11:00 PST (14:00 EST, 20:00 CET)
Iron Qon - 25 Player Normal
13:30 PST (16:30 EST, 22:30 CET)
Twin Consorts - 25 Player Normal
15:00 PST (18:00 EST, 00:00 CET)
Lei Shen - 25 Player Normal
16:30 PST (19:30 EST, 01:30 CET)
As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a beta environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the boss being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.
Important Testing Notes
Q: How do I get into the raid zone?
A: At the northeastern ed
5.2 PTR: New Achievements Preview
2013-02-25 à 11:41
Patch 5.2 has over 100 new achievements, covering raiding, questing, PvP, and more! Several of these new achievements even have mounts or titles associated with them.
We've provided an overview of all the new achievements, broken down by topic. Here's a taste of what to expect:
Throne of Thunder meta-drake achievements, for
, and achievements for killing various bosses.
Raid-related Feats of Strength, such as
Completing various achievements around the phased questing zone
achievements for the Mantid solves.
Several PvP achievements including
for a new battleground title.
, which defies categorization but is a Feat of Strength for grinding out the awesome
on the Isle of Giants[/
5.2 Transmog Weapon Changes, Gallery of Main Hand Weapons Changing to One-Hand
2013-02-23 à 09:58
Many huge changes are coming to Transmogrification in 5.2! Besides the addition of
troll-themed greens resembling unobtainable gear from original Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman
, there are a number of weapon changes.
Transmog restrictions have been loosened on several weapon types:
Two-handed axes, maces, and swords can be Transmogrified to each other.
One-handed axes, maces, and swords can be Transmogrified to each other.
Staves and polearms can be transmogrified to each other.
Class restrictions still apply though--you must be able to equip an item in order to use it for transmog.
In addition, many weapons that were Main Hand only are now classified as One-Hand. Previously, Main Hand weapons could not be transmogged onto One Hand weapons. This frees up even more flexibility, as a sword formerly classified as Main Hand only, such as
Runesword of the Red
, can now not only be transmogged onto any other One Hand sword, but also onto any mace or axe (if your character can equip them normally) in 5.2!
5.2 PTR: Troves of the Thunder King and Isle of Thunder Scenarios
2013-02-22 à 11:55
Several single-player scenarios coming in 5.2 were recently open for testing. This includes some scenarios tied to unlocking new phases of the Isle of Thunder War Effort, but more importantly, a new scenario that lets you make hundreds of gold for 5 minutes work!
Troves of the Thunder King
Troves of the Treasure King
is a new single-player scenario in which players try to grab as much loot as they can from treasure chests before their 5 minutes are up. This is made harder by the presence of numerous challenging traps in the zone designed to attack and slow you down. In this video, Lore from
goes over the basics of what to expect.
To begin the scenario, you will need to give Taoshi a
, which can be found from
scattered around the
or looted from killing some rares.
The most common type of chest is
. This has the chance to contain:
, used to purchase reputation insignias such as [item
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